So, if you haven’t seen the news, there’s mounting evidence that Hasbro is planning to launch an MLP spinoff called Equestria Girls. The evidence for the show is pretty solid, seeing as it’s announced in a trade magazine distributed at Toy Fair, which is a pretty big toy industry convention; less solid is this image going around:
Still, I think it’s pretty likely, and that worries me.
When I first heard the news about the show, I was neutral on it. It could be good, could be bad. The quality of MLP has nothing to do with the equine features of its cast; it’s the strength of characterization, sincerity, and cuteness, all of which could still be fully present in a show with a human cast. The image, however, worries me, because every single one of them appears to be wearing a skirt. Rainbow Dash at least looks like she’s wearing shorts under the skirt, so that’s good, and there’s nothing wrong with Rarity, Fluttershy, Twilight, or Pinkie Pie wearing a skirt, though I should think they, especially the latter two, would wear pants at least sometimes.
But Applejack? Her outfit is completely out of character, and was clearly designed by someone who got told “country girl” and nothing else. Which means this isn’t a high school setting with the same characters, it’s a high school setting with characters who happen to share the same names–and the people making the show don’t know the difference.